An abridged version of the bestselling textbook on what archaeologists do and how they do it.
This new volume has all the authority of Colin Renfrew and Paul Bahn's groundbreaking guide to all aspects of archaeology, but it has been carefully rewritten to provide a readable and compact introduction to archaeology for those new to the field. No other book of this length can match its range of essential information and explanation.
Long-established techniques are carefully explained as well as exciting new methods as the authors describe the ways in which archaeologists seek to explain and interpret the remote past of humankind.
Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)
Meet the Author
Paul Bahn is a prehistorian and archaeology writer. He is the author or editor of numerous books, including the standard introduction to cave art, Journey through the Ice Age.
Colin Renfrew is Disney Professor Emeritus of Archaeology and former Director of the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research at the University of Cambridge. He is the author and editor of many books, including Before Civilization, Archaeology and Language, and Prehistory and co-editor (with Paul Bahn) of The Cambridge World Prehistory. He is a fellow of the British Academy and a life peer in the House of Lords.
Introduction: The nature and aims of archaeology 8
The Searchers: The history of archaeology 12
What is Left?: The variety of the evidence 36
Where?: Survey and excavation of sites and features 58
When?: Dating methods and chronology 96
How Were Societies Organized?: Social archaeology 130
What Was the Environment? What Did They Eat?: Environment, subsistence, and diet 162
How Were Artifacts Made, Used, and Distributed?: Technology, trade, and exchange 194
What Did They Think? What Were They Like?: Cognitive archaeology and the archaeology of people 218
Why Did Things Change?: Explanation in archaeology 246
Whose Past?: Archaeology and the public 268
Illustration Credits 296